Ghost in the Shell (2017)


Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in a near future when the line between humans and robots is blurring, the plot follows the Major (Johansson), a cyborg supersoldier who yearns to learn her past.

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And every single one of them that I’ve ever seen was ugly as sin. I’m not condemning the medium, it’s just not a pretty medium to look at (guess I have to say imo for some people jeez). I know that there are millions of people that like anime, but then there are also millions of people who like McDonald’s….

What Genre? Generic Spy movie script? The big issue from watching the movie is that they basically took everything that made the original great except for the visuals, and replaced it with generic “They made me a weapon” Spy movie story line. And the CGI Was kind of crap. (The art direction went a bit to far)

“Ghost in the Shell” is full of dazzling images that suggest a rich, profound narrative the film is never able to achieve. A young woman brutally rips the hatch off a tank. Her skin and bones crack, revealing mechanical sinew underneath her human exterior. Holographic advertisements the size of skyscrapers glitter across the city’s landscape. Surgeons wear uniforms the color of fresh blood. A robot fashioned in the form of a geisha bends her appendages, crawling up the wall like a frightened spider. These visual delights may provoke momentary awe but they have little impact.

It was a visual feast to watch. The script wasn’t there. I would classify it as a near miss.Now, they are talking aboyt doibg a live action version of Robotech.Can’t wait for them to screw this up !

Millennial Scum • on Apr 5, 2017 5:13 pm As a ‘fanboy’, the casting decision didn’t bother me that much. ScarJo is pretty much the top female action star that could have been cast. That being said, the marketing was god awful. The trailers are visually appealing sure, but most big budget films are these days. When most trailers these days spoil the second act, the trailers Paramount put out told absolutely nothing other than ScarJo wears a nude suit. I will wait to see this movie on a streaming service. I wonder how many years it will take for America to actually effectively adapt an anime in the US (Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ adaptation looks nightmarish as well).

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The scenes were cool to watch – ScarJo reverse swan diving off a skyscraper, blanketing the urban landscape in huge holographic ads or the shelling sequences – but we didn’t need them. And because of the large FX budget, they needed to dumb down the story to make it more accessible to casual movie-goers, which is what ultimately killed it in the reviews. A $40M arty genre film would have meant fewer special effects, more focus on storytelling, and an ensemble cast with more recognizable names behind a fresh-faced (maybe Asian?) lead.

Macey you couldn’t be more incorrect. In the end the movie was okay at best. And for an IP this marginal it needed to knock everything out of the park. The fan base just was not big enough to spend that much money on. And failures are would lead to greatness, so hopefully they will learn from their mistakes. Besides with every Hollywood actor thinking they’re smarter than everyone else, maybe this will knock them down a peg.

In recent years, Johansson has proven to be a mesmerizing actress who brings an intelligence and fearsome quality to her work. “Ghost in the Shell” is a continuation of the roles she’s excelled at playing in “Under the Skin,” “Her,” and various turns as super-spy Black Widow in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. It marries her impressive physicality as an action star, emotional vulnerability, and steely determinism. Yet, even she isn’t skilled enough to imbue the Major with the depth necessary for her arc to feel moving and profound. She also can’t sell me on the ridiculous philosophy the film peddles about how memories are inconsequential to human identity; apparently, only our actions matter.

Horace the High Jumper • on Apr 5, 2017 4:51 pm When you play the desperate IP game, you will lose more often than not. This was IP known to extreme fanboys only. The world between the coasts had never heard of it. This is the Hollywood bubble that must burst. Geeks in corporate towers and backlots convincing themselves IP like this is worth putting millions behind. On top of that, the casting could not have been more stale, with a capable lead actress stuck playing a role similar to this twice in the past five years. But in a business where rebooting Spiderman every 5 years is the norm, obvious connections like this will be missed. This movie has failed miserably and that’s a good thing for the town.

The Major isn’t a robot, she’s a human brain in an artificial body. In other words, a “ghost in a shell.” It’s in the title, for pete’s sake. And no, she didn’t “look Caucasian” in the original. She was a Japanese character created by a Japanese artist in a story taking place in Japan aimed at Japanese people. Do the math.

One thorn in Major’s side is Cutter (Peter Ferdinando), a corporate villain, and a dull one to boot. Also causing trouble is a hacker known as Kuze (Michael Carmen Pitt). More enticing are her comrades, not least her boss, Aramaki, who is played by Takeshi (Beat) Kitano—the fabled star and director of pared-down Japanese thrillers, who, toward the end of the film, spins the chamber of his revolver and provides “Ghost in the Shell” with its sole flourish of indisputable cool. Then, there’s Batou (Pilou Asbæk), Major’s partner in Section 9, who, after losing the use of his eyes in an explosion, is soon kitted out with a replacement: two little metal roundels, complete with X-ray vision. He seems pleased, and the story is littered with these touchingly plausible moments, as men and women reveal, or rejoice in, their technological ease. One of them unclips part of her face, the better to lock into some gizmo. Becoming part cyborg, or having memory implants, is no big deal. Think of it as a nose job for the soul.

Title:Ghost in the Shell
Runtime:107 min.
Genre:Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars:Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han
Overview:In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

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